I think we all know just how amazing Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots was last year; any and all awards it received (including our prestigious Game of the Year) are well deserved, and the game sold very well. As a direct result of the game's unparalleled quality, PS3 sales shot through the roof and it's a given that without MGS4, Sony wouldn't have nearly tied Microsoft in terms of shipped console units.
However, Sony does expect Killzone 2 to match and even exceed MGS4 in overall worldwide sales, and this seems like an accurate assessment. Look, we adore Kojima's masterpiece but the man himself even admitted that his team needed to cater more to Western/international gaming tastes. In fact, Kojima wishes to "start from zero" in 2009 and create some fresh new projects that will be just as richly regarded in the U.S. and Europe as they are in Japan. Now, although the Japanese haven't responded nearly as well to the FPS genre as the other two major regions, they're slowly starting to come around. Furthermore, it's plain that those same two regions will flock to pick up Killzone 2 , and the only thing really stopping PS3 sales is the current economic condition. This is why we're not expecting hardware sales to be enormously impressive, but they should outstrip the 360 for at least six weeks between the middle of February and into March. The simple bottom line is that KZ2 holds more mainstream appeal; it'll be bought by those who didn't want to "watch a movie" in MGS4 and don't really care about long, complex storylines.
We certainly don't fall into the latter group, but unfortunately (or fortunately, in KZ2's case), a great many casual gamers do. And lest we forget, they're typically the ones who haven't yet sprung for the PS3…it seems as if all the pieces are in place, so Sony should get off to a running start this year. And if Uncharted 2: Among Thieves drops around the holidays as scheduled, Sony should end 2009 with a bang, too.
Related Game(s): Killzone 2